ArvinMeritor starts production of Canadian suspension

EDMONTON — Raydan Manufacturing’s Air Link suspension has begun rolling off the assembly line at ArvinMeritor’s state-of-the-art factory in Monterrey, Mexico.

Initial production will fulfill Edmonton-based Raydan’s commitments to Mack Trucks and International Trucks and will expand to include new business generated by Raydan and ArvinMeritor.

The licensing agreement with ArvinMeritor begins a long-term relationship authorizing them to market, engineer and manufacture the Air Link rear suspension product line, up to and including 52,000 lb gross axle tandem weight.

Raydan will continue to manufacture and market the Air Link for gross vehicle weights greater than 52,000 lbs. This marketplace includes tandem axle fire rescue vehicles and truck cranes. The agreement also grants Raydan access to ArvinMeritor’s product lines.

“We expect ArvinMeritor’s production and marketing capabilities to increase sales of the Air Link,” stated Ray English, president and CEO of Raydan. “By moving production out of Raydan, we can effectively use our manufacturing space to generate new business and also reduce our foreign exchange exposure.

The Air Link suspension is a combination of air spring and walking beam technology, which delivers everything the severe service and vocational truck markets demand in a suspension, the company says.

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